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Immunisation service extended to Sandwell

Birmingham Community Healthcare is pleased to announce that the Trust has been awarded the contract to deliver school age immunisation services in Sandwell for the next five years, in addition to retaining current contracted immunisation business across Birmingham.

The contract was awarded by NHS England following an extensive tender process,

Discussions are now under way with commissioners, provider partners and schools to establish detailed working arrangements that will maximise the capability of the service to protect as many people as possible from infectious diseases.

Chief operating officer Andy Harrison said: “Securing the service to provide immunisation for school age children for the next five years is a great success for BCHC.

nasal flu vaccination

“This contract award is testament to the hard work of the immunisation team and the business development unit to submit a compelling bid based on the excellent reputation the service has earned over many years.

“Effective prevention of illness is at the heart of our whole approach to building healthier communities. We are delighted that we will not only continue to maximise the number of people protected from infectious disease in Birmingham but also extend the reach of our service into neighbouring Sandwell.” 

In neighbouring local authority areas, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust were awarded the contract to provide the service in Solihull while Vaccination UK will provide the service in Walsall, Dudley and Wolverhampton.

The providers will be responsible for providing the following services in schools:

  • human papillomavirus virus (HPV) immunisation to girls in years 8 and 9
  • meningococcal immunisation to all children in year 10
  • three-in-one teenage booster immunisation to all children in year 10
  • childhood flu immunisation starting in primary schools with years 1 and 2


Contracts will commence on 1 August 2015 and service delivery will start when the new academic year begins in September 2015.

NHS England (West Midlands) screening and immunisation consultant Nicola Benge, said: “NHS England is committed to ensuring that 2015/16 is another successful year for the uptake of school immunisations across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.

“We are delighted to have commissioned Birmingham Community Healthcare to deliver our school immunisation programme, who will provide a high-quality, safe and effective vaccination service for children and young people across the region.

“We urge parents and guardians to ensure their child receives all their routine childhood vaccinations in order to protect them and keep them healthy.”

Click here to find out more about Birmingham Community Healthcare’s immunisation service.